State football capsules

Nicholls State at Sam Houston State

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Elliott T. Bowers Stadium (12,975), Huntsville, Texas.

TV: none. RADIO: KLRZ-FM, 100.3 Larose.

RECORDS: Nicholls State (4-5, 1-3 SLC); Sam Houston State (7-2, 3-1).

LAST WEEK: Nicholls State lost to Lamar 56-34; Sam Houston State beat Stephen F. Austin 56-49.

SERIES: Sam Houston leads 16-11-1.

NOTES: The Colonels outgained Lamar in total yards 483-421 last week. but for the second time in Southland play had four turnovers. ... Tuskani Figaro recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing effort last week, putting the sophomore within striking distance of becoming only the second Colonel in program history to reach 1,000. With three games remaining, Figaro has 871 yards rushing and ranks third in the Southland with 108.9 yards per game. ... Sam Houston features the Southland’s top scoring offense (43.9 ppg) and has one of the nation’s top rushing offenses (271.1 ypg), led by All-American Timothy Flanders (113.2 ypg). The Colonels are giving up 44.7 points including 50-plus in all five losses and rank last in the Southland in rushing yards allowed (275.4).

Grambling at UAPB

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Golden Lions Stadium, Pine Bluff, Ark.

TV: none. RADIO: KPCH-FM, 99.3 Ruston.

RECORDS: Grambling (1-9, 1-6 SWAC); UAPB (1-7, 1-5).

LAST WEEK: Grambling beat Mississippi Valley 47-40; UAPB was idle.

SERIES: Grambling leads 29-14-2.

NOTES: Coming off its first win in 19 games, the Tigers look to make it two in a row against the 1-7 Golden Lions (who got their first win two weeks ago). ... Junior Grambling QB Johnathan Williams, who started in place of a banged up D.J. Williams, totaled seven touchdowns (five passing and two rushing) . ... The UAPB offense enjoyed their best game of the season two weeks ago against Mississippi Valley with 484 yards.

Lamar at Northwestern St.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Turpin Stadium (15,971), Natchitoches.

TV: WBTR (Cable Ch. 19).

RADIO: KZBL-FM, 100.7, Natchitoches

RECORDS: Lamar (4-5, 1-3 SLC); Northwestern State (4-5, 1-3).

LAST WEEK: Lamar beat Nicholls State 56-34; Northwestern State beat Central Arkansas 31-28.

SERIES: Northwetern State leads (9-7-1).

NOTES: Last week’s upset of Central Arkansas was the first for the Demons over a ranked foe in nine tries. ... Cardinals freshman Kade Henderson, who had four touchdowns last week against Nicholls State, is the SLC’s fifth-leading rusher (70 yards per game). ... Lamar junior Caleb Berry threw five TD passes against Nicholls State and his 22 scoring passes is tied for the school single-season record.

McNeese State at Stephen F. Austin

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Homer Bryce Stadium (14,575).

TV: none.

RADIO: KNGT-FM, 99.5, Lake Charles

RECORDS: McNeese State (7-2, 3-1 SLC); S.F. Austin (3-6, 1-3).

LAST WEEK: McNeese State lost to Southeastern Louisiana 41-7; Stephen F. Austin lost to Sam Houston State 56-49.

SERIES: McNeese State leads 17-13-2.

NOTES: The Lumberjacks rank No. 1 in the FCS in total offense (596.6 yards per game) and passing offense (409.0 ypg) and quarterback Brady Attaway is second in the nation in passing yards per game (372.9) and fourth in total offense (366.4). ... McNeese converted on just 3 of 14 on third downs against SLU and lost the turnover battle 3-1. The Cowboys also had just just 22 minutes in possession. ... Cowboys quarterback Cody Stroud will look to bounce back after last week’s game where he was held to 92 yards passing.

Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Joe Aillet Stadium (30,600), Ruston.

TV: CBS Sports Network

RADIO: KXJZ-FM, 107.5 Ruston.

RECORDS: Southern Mississippi (0-8, 0-4 C-USC); Louisiana Tech (3-5, 2-2).

LAST WEEK: Southern Mississippi lost to Marshall 61-13); Louisiana Tech idle.

SERIES: Southern Miss leads 31-13.

NOTES: The Golden Eagles, which is riding an NCAA-worst 20-game losing skid, has had four starting quarterbacks this season. They also lost all four starting tight ends to injury early in the season. ... Tech’s Paul Harris, a former Tara QB and Northwestern State player, got the call midway through the second quarter at FIU on Oct. 26. It was Harris’ first action since his tenure at Northwestern State as Tech’s starting quarterback, Ryan Higgins, had his helmet come off during a play. Harris re-entered the game in the third quarter as Higgins was temporarily knocked out of the game.

SLU at Central Arkansas

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: First Security Field at Estest Stadium (9,000), Conway, Ark.

TV: ESPN3. RADIO: KSLU-FM, 90.9, Hammond.

RECORDS: Southeastern Louisiana (7-2, 4-0 SLC); Central Arkansas (5-3, 2-1).

LAST WEEK: Southeastern Louisiana beat McNeese State 41-7; Central Arkansas lost to Northwestern State 31-28.

SERIES: Central Arkansas leads 5-1.

NOTES: The Lions outgained then fourth-ranked McNeese State 439-191 in last week’s victory. ... Both teams feature accurate kickers and dangerous return men. Senior Seth Sebastian has yet to miss a field goal (8-for-8) or point after attempt (45-for-45) while UCA junior Eddie Camara has made 6-of-9 field goals and 22 of 24 PAT’s. SLU’s Xavier Roberson (37.8 avg) and UCA freshman Jatavious Wilson (35.2 avg) are the top two kickoff return men in the league and have both brought back two kicks for touchdowns this season.